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TWIDW Update - BBC7 Announces 2 Christmas Doctor Who Audio Broadcasts

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  • Benjamin Elliott
    BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7 has opted to present more Big Finish Doctor Who audios after the success of the current Paul McGann season. This was hinted at
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 12, 2005
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      BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7 has opted to present more Big Finish Doctor
      Who audios after the success of the current Paul McGann season. This was
      hinted at in the BBC7 forum last week - now Outpost Gallifrey has been
      provided with confirmation.

      1) Saturday 10 December 9AM to Noon, 8 to 11PM GMT - Shada (2003).

      Written by Douglas Adams for the TV series in 1979. Shada was originally to
      be the TV story after The Horns Of Nimon, concluding the 17th season of the
      classic TV series. 2/3rds of the way through filming, a strike forced
      production to stop. It never restarted, leaving all 6 episodes incomplete -
      the only abandoned Doctor Who TV story ever. It never aired on TV, but a Tom
      Baker narrated version was released on VHS in the 1990s.

      This 6 episode remake of Shada stars Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor, Lalla
      Ward as Romana, and John Leeson as K9. Big Finish and BBCi collaborated to
      make a "complete" version of Shada to run on the BBC's Doctor Who website
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho . Gary Russell of Big Finish wrote some new
      sequences to explain the 8th Doctor's presence, and otherwise used Douglas
      Adams' scripts. The story was remade from scratch with a new cast (apart
      from Lalla Ward returning as Romana, obviously). The BBCi version (which was
      still on the Doctor Who website as of this writing) was illustrated, almost
      animated - one of 4 Doctor Who stories produced for BBCi to be audio/visual
      experiences. BBC7 will presumably use the audio as released on CD by Big
      Finish a bit later.

      I notice this story is being shown in one day in the Comedy Controller
      timeslot, where normally a series of linked radio comedies with commentary
      air.

      2) Saturday 17 December time TBA - The Chimes Of Midnight (2002). 6th Paul
      McGann Big Finish audio, starring Paul McGann as The Doctor and India Fisher
      as Charley Pollard. Christmas themed audio story. The next one produced
      after Invaders From Mars, which ended the first Big Finish Doctor Who season
      on this station. 4 episodes long. Dunno if it will be serialized or shown in
      one day.

      Listeners in the UK can hear BBC7 on digital radio and any digital TV
      format. Listeners worldwide can hear BBC7 through the website in RealPlayer
      and Windows Media Player formats. Programmes are available online for one
      week in RealPlayer format.

      We can probably gather from this that BBC7 achieved the desired ratings and
      audience reaction for the early Paul McGann audios.

      This has been a TWIDW update.

      Benjamin Elliott
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/torchwood
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